An NFL star laughed at a female reporter's question. Their responses are gold.

NFL star Cam Newton has found himself under fire. This time, it's not from a corps of hulking linebackers.

During a press conference with the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday, Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton a pretty straightforward football question, specifically about the kinds of "routes" his receivers run.

Newton's response was ripped straight out of a playbook... from the 1950s.


"It's funny to hear a female talk about routes," he said with a condescending grin. "Like... it's funny."

Rodrigue didn't think it was very funny and shared her disappointment with Newton's response on Twitter.

In 2017, you'd think the novelty of women working in sports and sports media would have worn off and that they'd get, oh, a little respect.

Some of the top names in the biz are women. Erin Andrews, Andrea Kramer, Michele Tafoya — those are just a few highly respected names when it comes to reporting football news. The owner of the Chicago Bears is a woman. Monday Night Football was called by a woman announcer for the first time ever this year.

Heck, there are women on NFL coaching staffs.

Yet outdated attitudes persist, and you had better believe if a woman reaches that level of success in sports despite the bias, she is at least as qualified as any male colleague. Sports is not a "man's world," nor should any woman passing through be treated to a soft pat on the head like a first-grader visiting the fire station.

Not needing anyone to stand up for them, some of the industry's leading women took to social media to bust the "man's world of sports" wide open.

The exchange between Newton and Rodrigue set off a firestorm of inspiring responses. Reporters and other sports personalities shared what they thought was "funny."

Rodrigue herself later elaborated on her feelings in a statement:

This was a thoughtless and ignorant moment for Newton, no doubt. But ESPN writer Mina Kimes made an important point for everyone criticizing him right now.

She pointed out that Newton often gets attacked for things that are unfair and frequently racially motivated: like for being too loud and charismatic or for dressing like a "thug."

Two wrongs, she said in essence, don't make a right.

And as for Newton, a statement from the Panthers noted that he was regretful over his handling of the question, though Rodrigue claims she never received an apology.

Either way, here's hoping Newton has learned his lesson and has gained some respect for the female journalists who cover sports.

They certainly won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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